Eight Goal Thriller Ends Level By Harry Shorthose
Carlow-Kilkenny FC 4 Bray Wanderers 4 U-17's League of Ireland Southern Elite Division Kells Road, Kilkenny

It was raining goals in Kilkenny on Sunday as two goals in the final ten minutes secured the hosts a draw as they came back from 4-2 down. In a week where seemingly impossible comebacks were extremely normal, there might have been hope of going all the way and getting a win but time was against them.

It was a dream start for the hosts as they took the lead eleven minutes in. Some good work down the left from Oscar Brennan saw him set up Andrew Mulvey Mescall who finished well. Bill Hughes had to be alert two minutes earlier as he saved with his feet to deny Andrew Morin who was through on goal. The lead lasted less than a minute as Darragh Lynch converted for the visitors as the midfield struggled to control the game. Buoyed by the goal, Billy Vance went close with an effort from the left but it was palmed away by Hughes. Carlow-Kilkenny possibly should have taken the lead in the 18th minute when Brennan from the right setup Matthew Geoghegan at the back post but the ‘keeper saved to deny him. He made no mistake six minutes later though when he got onto the end of a cross from the right and finished well. Bray kept pushing in search of an equaliser, Bill Hughes saving well from Lynch before a Evan Matthews free kick was steered over the bar. The pressure paid off just before half-time as Lynch grabbed a second seven minutes from the break. Andrew Moran’s shot was blocked back into his path and he made no mistake in dispatching it away. Matthews again went close just before the break with a shot from the right narrowly missing the far post.

Niall Rowe went close after the break as his header from a corner on the left was narrowly headed over. Bray came into the game more as it went on. Billy Vance went close with an effort and needed a double save to deny him whilst Ryan Bowden also had a shot saved. With fourteen minutes left to play, Andy Moran grabbed a goal to give Bray the lead for the first time in the game. They kept going and three minutes later, grabbed a fourth as Aaron Rice setup Lynch to complete his hat-trick. Game over one would have thought. However, the hosts refused to give up and with eight minutes to go, pulled one back through Ross O’Brien who converted from the right. Into injury time, they equalised as Dylan Stickel got his head onto Ross O’Brien’s free kick from the left to claim a point.


Carlow-Kilkenny FC: Bill Hughes, Jake Haughney, Adam McCarron, Rory O’Dowd, Dylan Stickel, Matthew Geoghegan, Niall Rowe, Oscar Brennan, Fionn McCaffrey, Ross O’Brien, Andrew Mulvey-Mescall. Subs: Darren Lawlor, Evan Connolly, David Morrissey, Lee Day, Eamon Lalor, Eoghan Byrne, Nikolas Leonard.

Bray Wanderers: Morgan Griffin, Ryan Bowden, Callum Perry, Alex Rafferty, Regan Lennon, Leigh Kavanagh, Aaron Rice, Andrew Moran, Billy Vance, Darragh Lynch, Ollie Matthews. Subs: Eoin Greene, Kevin Ryan, Steven Sweeney.

14/05/2019 12:34